When kids need to study for a test or quiz, or teachers need to review concepts for a few minutes at the end of class, it’s helpful to have a handy review tool! Review games are great for this, but sometimes you don’t have one ready in time, or it’s not quite the right one. Today I want to show you how to make a magnetic review game board with Duck brand duct tape! This board can be as versatile as you need it to be – or make a couple different styles to have on hand.
Make a Magnetic Review Game Board for your Classroom!
First, think about the purpose of your game board.
Do you want the whole class to play? Or individuals?
Will you create the game, or use a spin-off of a well-known game?
Here’s what you’ll need to make your review game board:
- 2 Rolls Duck® brand duct tape – get 2 colors or a color and a print for extra fun!
- Magnetic Cookie Sheet (the bigger the better!)
- Self-heating cutting mat
- Craft knife
- Game pieces of choice (magnets, erasers, paper circles, or bottle caps work well).
Measure your cookie sheet game board and divide length in half and mark lightly with a pencil. Continue to divide each half in half until you have divided the sheet evenly all the way across.
Repeat the above step to divide the board vertically as well.
Lay a piece of tape on your self-healing map starting at the 1″ mark and extending to a little beyond the full length measurement. Using the ruler, make a tiny cut with the craft knife to mark off 1/4″ sections of the length of tape. Use the ruler again to cut 1/4″ strips lengthwise along your tape. These will peel easily off your mat for applying to the board. Cut as many as you need to divide your board up. *If you don’t have a mat and knife handy, I love the ability to tear Duck brand duct tape by hand for a fast project. But if you want really smooth edges, you’ll need to use a mat and knife to cut these lengths.
Apply one tape strip to the center length of your cookie sheet and press firmly to adhere. Then apply a strip to the center width. Now you have a cross on your game board. Continue to tape off the sections from the center outward so you create evenly spaced sections. You could rotate colored tape with prints if you wish. I used Lime Color Duck Tape® for my sections.
Then, cut four sections of tape for the borders of your sheet – add about 1″ extra to each length/width to seal around the outside edges of your sheet. To go with my Lime solid stripes, I used a fun Cacti Printed Duck Tape® for the border. I love the color combo!
Now you’re ready to play!
How to Play a Review Game!
After you make a review game board, you can play a lot of games with the same board:
Tic Tac Toe – use nine of your sections to place X’s and O’s (or game pieces of two separate colors). To play, students first answer a review question, then they get to place their game piece.
Sinking Ships – This game needs to be prepped ahead of time. Take small paper game pieces (or small adhesive notes) and mark out “ships” by drawing a boat across sets of 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the pieces. Place the “boat pieces” on the game board, but upside down so players can’t see which one have boats on them. Fill in remaining spaces on the board with blank pieces. Players answer a question and then get to select a piece to flip over to see if they get a “hit” or a “miss.” The goal is to “sink” a ship by revealing the entire boat.
Four in a Row – You need to create a game board with sections that are 7 across, 6 down for this. Two players only (or could do two teams). Each Player/Team gets game pieces of all one color. After answer a question, players get to “play” one piece by placing it on the grid (starting from the bottom and stacking up). The goal is to place four of the same color in a row; the opposing player or team can block them with their own pieces.
Remember, to take a turn, kids have to answer a question first! You can make up your own games, rules, point systems, etc as well. The grid on this easy-to-make review game board can be customized to any number of players, game ideas, and subjects or topics!
I’ve been using game boards like this in my homeschool co-op classroom and the kids clamor for the Sinking Ships game every week! They love doing review time because it means playing a fun game together!
Parents, this is so easy to use at home, and teachers, you could make a couple of game boards easily so you can have pairs or groups of kids playing at the same time!
What game would you play with your DIY review game board made with Duck brand duct tape!